All of this is possible even without the use of headphones. Spatial sound environments can actually be projected into the air, simply from a pair of microspeakers an inch apart, mounted in one end of a phone. The old but effective 'transaural' technique has been enhanced by incorporating HRTF data: a combination of phase cancellation and time delays is used to eliminate crosstalk between two speakers, and to simulate the effect of wearing headphones. Once each of our ears is receiving only the signal that is meant for it (and none of the other channel), we're into binaural territory. HRTF coding can then be used to make the sound appear to come from much further away, and even from bigger, virtual speakers.
Some 8D audio tracks have been criticized for being distracting because the sound moves too quickly in the spatial field. However, as the style evolves, the creators have been getting better at moving the music in a more desirable and calming fashion. What I really like about the slower style is that it feels like I'm in the room with the artist, and it also creates a virtual bubble in my headspace, allowing me to concentrate better.
Immersive Sound is one of the most significant developments in years, rivaling previous developments in visual and aural formats. From monaural sound to stereophonic sound, analogue to digital audio, or NTSC and high definition television to virtual reality, the audience is now provided with a natural, life-like three-dimensional aural experience. Unlike anything heard before, immersive audio creates the sensation of height all around the listener, transporting them into a more thrilling and deeper audio experience.
The Other Stories is a horror audio drama podcast aimed at delivering listeners a mix of stories from emerging or struggling writers and experienced professionals. Like The Wrong Station, The Other Stories is an anthology horror podcast. One thing it does different, though, is offer listeners a wide range of horror genres like Pseudopod. Also, like Pseudopod, The Other Stories accepts listener-submitted short stories that they choose from for their episodes. For listeners interested in contributing to the show, check The Other Stories submission guidelines. With fantastic audio production and sound effects accompanying every episode, The Other Stories crafts new experiences for listeners each week. I like that there are characters that show up throughout The Other Stories long back catalog of episodes.
The Dark Tome is a dark fantasy or speculative fiction audio fiction podcast that uses voice acting and sound effects to create a rounder experience for the reader. The horror audio drama uses a framing device wonderfully to make an audio fiction show within an audio drama, an audio drama within an audio fiction podcast. A teen finds The Dark Tome, a magical dark book that transports her to other worlds and stories, and the podcast unfolds from that premise. Each episode is a horror or dark fantasy story from classic horror writers like Edgar Allan Poe and contemporary writers like Catherynne M. Valente, Tananarive Due, and Martin Cahill. A full-cast production brings to life each story, truly creating another world for the listener to fall into alongside the character as she flips through the pages of The Dark Tome. With three seasons, there are over 30 episodes of The Dark Tome for fresh listeners to horrify and amaze themselves with. This horror audio drama podcast is perfect for listeners who enjoy horror anthology shows but want them to be more attached and connected. 2b1af7f3a8